Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Horses, History & Parades May 28-30

Memorial Day weekend unofficially kicks off summer, and it's filled with backyard BBQs, pool openings, and parades, parades and more parades- honoring those who fought for our great country. So it's the perfect time to encourage kids to learn more about U.S. history by heading to Historic Philadelphia, stopping by a Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Bench or listening to a recitation of the Declaration of Independence.

Or maybe you want to foster a deeper appreciation for America's beautiful outdoors? Families can take a bird walk at Peace Valley Nature Center, boat along the Schuylkill River at Bartram's Gardens or visit Tyler Arboretum for its Twilight Hike to savor this land we call home.

Check out the rest of our Event Calendar to see what else is going on throughout the Delaware Valley. Keep up-to-date on the latest fun by liking us on Facebook, and following us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend Fun: Parades, Music, and Butterflies, May 28-30

It may have been a mild winter, but after a cool and rainy spring that seemed endless, it's hard to believe that here we are at Memorial Day weekend, the very cusp of summer. We plan to plant our feet in the sand and perhaps even in the Sound, but there's all kinds of non-beachy fun to be had this weekend too from fairs and festivals to animal encounters, special museum exhibits, and more.

Whatever your plans, the significance of Memorial Day should not be forgotten. If you're looking for an educational way to honor the men and women who died in service to our nation, our Event Calendar features many kid-friendly parades and ceremonies, including the Revolutionary War Encampment in Wethersfield and the Decoration Day event at Mystic Seaport. We've also rounded up parades and other activities in Eastern Connecticut. To keep up with everything going on in CT, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Wishing you the very best Memorial Day weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Parades, Animals, May 28-30

For those of you staying in Westchester for Memorial Day weekend, there's no shortage of events to keep the whole family both entertained and cognizant of the significance of the holiday.

Many towns and villages throughout the county celebrate the occasion with their own parades and ceremonies. Standouts are the Memorial Day Races & Fair and Memorial Day Parade and Hudson Park Event.

The three-day weekend is also a great time for animal encounters, with For Shear Pleasure, Memorial Day Farm Fest and Memorial Day Dog Parade & Show. A couple of the many seasonal festivals we previously told you about also take place this weekend.

So let everyone else deal with the traffic and hassle of heading out of town; there’s plenty to do right here at home! Read on to see all of our top weekend picks and consult our Event Calendar for even more options to choose from.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend Events for LI Kids: Air Show, Painting Festival, May 28-30

This Memorial Day Weekend, head on over to the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, where you'll see an all-star lineup of civilian planes and the Blue Angels. The Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival is taking place in Downtown Riverhead, where you'll enjoy street painting, a fine arts and crafts fair, live music, dance, theater and more.

Check out our Memorial Day Weekend family-friendly guide for more events. And if you're up for a little away time, see our day trip ideas article for Memorial Day Weekend.

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8 Races for Boston Kids Who Love to Swim, Bike or Run

Many running races have a kid component, but it can feel like an afterthought, especially if your child really loves to run. And finding a triathlon for multi-sport kids can be even harder. The key is finding a race that’s both light-hearted and serious so that your child can compete and feel great after crossing the finish line. Race season is upon us, and we’ve found eight upcoming Boston-area events that are perfect for kids who love to swim, bike or run:

Memorial Day Weekend in NYC: Governors Island, Beaches, Fairs

Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, is here! New York City's big seasonal attractions open on Saturday, including local beaches, Governors Island and Victorian Gardens in Central Park. Plus, if it reaches 80 degrees, the city's destination playground sprinklers might be on, too.

While beaches and playgrounds are open all summer, events like Fleet Week ship tours, a Fort Greene dance fest, Governors Island Family Fun Day, Memorial Day in Prospect Park and the final days of Brooklyn's kiddie ride extravaganza at the Kings County Fair are on tap this weekend only.

Thinking about a last-minute getaway? We've pulled together great family day trips on Long Island and Westchester, as well as our favorite nearby beaches like Fire Island's Ocean Beach and those a bit farther down the Jersey Shore. You might also try one of the nearby water parks or amusement parks, many of which open for the season on Saturday—there are more than a dozen new rides and thrills arriving at some of our favorite parks in 2016! Also, don't forget that many local farms in the greater NYC area are open for strawberry picking with the kids, beginning this weekend. 

Read on for our best bets for Memorial Day weekend events for kids in NYC. More family fun can be found in our Event CalendarSpring Fun Guide and just released Summer Fun Guide.

However you spend the three-day holiday weekend, we hope you have a blast! 

10 Things To Do with Toddlers at the Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore is the quintessential summer getaway for Philly residents- especially families. It's not too far, it's got great beaches and fun amusements for the kids. But you may be wondering what to do with your younger kids on your family vacation. Toddlers can be tricky to entertain, but the Jersey Shore has plenty. We've rounded up some great activities that little tykes will love. Whether you're visiting for a weekend, or you're there for a whole week, you'll find plenty of kid-friendly fun on this list.

Memorial Day Parades Around LA and the OC

One thing about Los Angeles - it's not a one-parade town. If festivals are too stationary for you, if you need a parade to drum up an appetite for that Memorial Day BBQ, then you've got it made in the shade (as long as you've found a shady spot for your  chair) in Los Angeles and Orange County on Monday. The good news for the parade abstainers is that none of the parades on this holiday marches down a major thoroughfare (unless the 405 gets shut down - in which case Topanga is going to hear plenty of honking that isn't for peace). For parade fans, the patriotic fanfare never sounded so good.

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